Philippines morning news for January 9

Philippines morning news for January 9

Philippines morning news

Philippines orders citizens to evacuate Iraq after Rodrigo Duterte warns of ‘protracted war’
The Philippines has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Filipinos in Iraq, its foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after Iran attacked American forces there in response to a US strike that killed an Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, last week.
— South China Morning Post

DBM: Philippines has P1.82 billion for OFW evacuation from Middle East
The Philippine government has enough funds to bring home overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— Rappler

3rd tranche of TRAIN law to further jack up fishers’ costs
The country’s fisherfolk are already bracing for the impact of the last tranche of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act as their fuel costs are expected to increase by P1,000 a month with its implementation—a seemingly small amount but a huge sacrifice for the majority of Filipino fishermen who remain below the national poverty line.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Military to send ships, planes to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq ‘ASAP’
The military will be sending its assets and troops to begin repatriating Filipinos from Iraq as soon as possible, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Wednesday, January 8.
— Rappler

US nationals in Philippines could be targets of Iran attacks –DILG chief
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief Eduardo Año on Wednesday said American nationals staying in the Philippines could also be a target of the attacks of the Iranian government following the killing of its top general.
— GMA Network

Philippines up a notch in global passport ranking
The Philippines has moved up a notch in the world’s most powerful passport ranking, according to a London-based consultancy firm that tracks the number of destinations a passport holder can go without a prior visa.
— ABS-CBN News

Duterte signs law increasing pay for gov’t workers
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed the measure that would increase the salaries of more than 1.4 million government employees starting this year.
— GMA Network

Angkas seeks TRO versus new entrants JoyRide, Move It
ANGKAS is seeking a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of a policy allowing the inclusion of JoyRide and Move It in the extended pilot program for motorcycle taxis and imposing a limit on the number of bikers.
— BusinessWorld

Angkas asks motorcycle taxi technical working group to reimpose surge fees
Weeks after the motorcycle taxi pilot run technical working group (TWG) disallowed providers from charging surge fees, Angkas is now asking the regulators to consider enabling dynamic pricing to augment biker supply.
— Rappler

Cimatu to fly to Middle East to start evacuating Filipinos from Iraq
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will travel to the Middle East on Thursday, January 9, to oversee government efforts to evacuate Filipinos from Iraq, where a feared war between Iran and the US could play out.
— Rappler

President Duterte sends envoy to Iran, Iraq to talk to leaders, secure Filipinos there
President Rodrigo Duterte has already sent Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao to Iran and Iraq to talk with the leaders of these countries for the purpose of securing Filipinos in the midst of heightening tension in the region, according to a Malacanang announcement.
— Eagle News

Duterte gives go-signal to release new water deal
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he has ordered the government’s lawyers to transmit the new water concession contracts to two water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad.
— Philippine News Agency

Bangko Sentral to sell P10,000, P500 commemorative coins
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will be selling P10,000 gold and P500 silver commemorative coins to celebrate the 70 years of central banking in the country as well as the BSP’s 25th anniversary.
— Rappler

Filipinos show highest confidence in Trump –Pew research
While confidence in US President Donald Trump was largely negative around the world, the Philippines continued to show the highest support for the American leader.
— GMA Network

Increase in Filipino data scientists seen amid firms’ demand
INFORMATION technology (IT) system management solutions provider ASG Technologies Group, Inc. sees an increase in the number of Filipino data scientists this year driven by the growing demand from enterprises.
— BusinessWorld

160 foreign sex offenders barred from entering Philippines in 2019
Immigration statistics show that the 160 RSOs were composed of 128 Americans, 11 Britons, six Australians, four Chinese, two New Zealanders. One national each from Cameroon, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, and Taiwan were also listed.
— GMA Network

Instability in the Middle East will have a tangible impact on the Philippine economy
Scores of mourners turned out in Tehran to pay their respects to Qasem Soleimani on Monday.
— Asean Today

Philippines’ ‘Smart City’ Threatens Tribal Displacement
To decongest the densely-populated Metro Manila and create opportunities in the northern Philippines, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) began the construction of the initial phase of New Clark City (NCC), a 9,450-hectare smart city, in January 2018 in the hills of Capas town in Tarlac province.
— The Diplomat

Veto-less budget message imposes conditions
THE NEWLY SIGNED 2020 national budget amounting to P4.1 trillion passed without any veto from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, though he imposed conditions on some spending items.
— BusinessWorld

Water board to raise allocation for Metro Manila, Bulacan
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will increase the water allocation for Metro Manila’s domestic water needs and irrigation for Bulacan farmlands.
— Philippine News Agency

Monitoring intensified at Mactan airport vs. mysterious disease
The Bureau of Quarantine in Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Wednesday assured the public it is on heightened surveillance to prevent the mysterious disease discovered in China from entering Cebu.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI chief seeks to institutionalize ‘BBB’ infrastructure buildup program beyond Duterte administration’s term
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be crafting a proposed bill institutionalizing the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program to secure funding for listed infrastructure projects even after the end of President Duterte’s term in 2022.
— Business Mirror

Government expects to generate 3.2 million jobs in the construction sector until 2030
Government expects to generate 3.2 million jobs in the construction sector until 2030
— Manilastandard.net

Construction costs bloated by project delays, corruption
Construction firms are spending about 15 to 35 percent of their budget per project to cover costs incurred from delays and corruption.
— The Philippine Star

Property price surge presents risks to banks
Global debt watcher Fitch Ratings said Wednesday a sustained surge in Philippine property prices over the past three quarters, driven by a boom in online gaming operations, presents rising risks to the country’s banking system.
— Manilastandard.net

Angat will no longer suffice by 2020–MWSS
WATER supply from Angat Dam, based on its maximum capacity plus other smaller sources, cannot meet the demand of Metro Manila between 2020 and 2025; thus, the need to build the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has said.
— Business Mirror

Government starts online procurement of supplies, equipment next week
All procurement activities for common-use supplies and equipment (CSE) of government agencies should be made online starting next week, according to the Procurement Service (PS) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— The Philippine Star

Fireworks-related injuries in CL up by 49%
Department of Health Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head Dr. Jessie Fantone (right) reported a significant increase in the number of fireworks-related injuries in Central Luzon this year due to the improved surveillance of the different disease reporting units during the Holiday season.
— Philippine Information Agency

Direct flights to regional airports driving tourist arrival targets
THE Department of Tourism (DoT) said its target of 9.2 million international visitors this year is driven by more airport development projects which allow tourists to bypass Manila’s congested airport.
— BusinessWorld

Sangley to be launched as general aviation hub in February
THE GOVERNMENT will inaugurate Sangley Airport in Cavite on Feb. 15, positioning it as the main hub for general aviation to decongest Metro Manila’s main gateway.
— BusinessWorld

DOT, DOTr ink Memorandum of Agreement on Airport development
Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the Institutionalized Leveraging of Infrastructure Program for Airport Development (iLIPAD).
— Philippine Information Agency

Palay farmgate price resumes upward trend in early December
THE AVERAGE farmgate price of palay, or unmilled rice, resumed its upward path in the first week of December, rising 0.4% to P15.62 per kilogram (kg), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— BusinessWorld

TIEZA to fund night rating capabilities of PH airports
Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has committed PhP1 billion for the night rating capabilities of several commercially operated airports in the country.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippine nickel output seen growing at about 8% a year
NICKEL production is expected to increase by over 8% a year in the next few years despite policy uncertainty that could limit project development, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said in a report.
— BusinessWorld

La Union mayor Gualberto steps down
Suspended Mayor Hermenegildo Dong Gualberto said that he is stepping down as mayor of San Fernando City in La Union, turning the province again into a political monolith.
— Rappler

Visit of China Coast Guard chief a diplomatic matter, AFP chief says
The visit of the chief of the China Coast Guard (CCG) next week is a diplomatic matter, according to the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Andanar urges Filipinos in Iraq to coordinate with PH embassy
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Wednesday called on Filipinos residing and working in Baghdad to closely coordinate with the Philippine Embassy in Iraq to ensure their security and safety.
— Philippine News Agency

Westmincom monitors Daesh-inspired groups
The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has strengthened its intelligence monitoring to prevent possible sympathy attacks by Daesh-inspired groups amid the heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, an official said.
— Philippine News Agency

Caraga to get P19.7-B infra projects: DPWH
A total of 207 infrastructure projects worth PHP19.7 billion will be implemented in Caraga Region this year, a Department of Public Works and Highways official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

50 Zambo cops ordered to trim down
Overweight policemen of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) have been ordered to trim down lest they will not be allowed to undergo schooling for promotion.
— Philippine News Agency

Even Robredo recognizes 3rd cause of action in poll protest, Marcos spox claims
Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s spokesperson on Wednesday claimed Vice President Leni Robredo herself recognizes the validity of his bid for the annulment of election results in three provinces in Mindanao.
— GMA Network

Robredo to Duterte gov’t: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you
Vice President Leni Robredo clapped back at President Rodrigo Duterte and law enforcement agencies for lashing out at her over the failing grade she gave the war on drugs, pointing out that the data she used in her report came from the government.
— Rappler

PRRD assures continued rebuilding efforts for quake-hit areas
President Rodrigo Duterte has assured the quake victims in Davao del Sur that the rebuilding efforts in Mindanao is the government’s foremost priority for the fast recovery of the quake-stricken areas in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Davao City allots P250-million for bus system
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the interim implementation of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) will start this year with an allocated P250-million budget from the City Government.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte appoints CA Justice Samuel Gaerlan to SC
President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Gaerlan to the Supreme Court, Malacañang said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DOTR: Contract of new trains for PNR Bicol signed
Albayanos are excited for the resumption of the railway service in the Bicol region after the Department of Transportation (DOTR) announced the recent signing of contract for the delivery of new trains for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul or PNR Bicol.
— Philippine Information Agency

Veep: No ill feelings towards Duterte
Vice President Leni Robredo has no ill feelings toward President Duterte for his latest tirade over her report on the government’s drug war, but she hoped he would still be open to her recommendations.
— Tempo

3-day gun ban enforced for Traslacion
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has suspended the privilege of carrying firearms in Manila for three days as part of the security preparations for the Black Nazarene Procession on Thursday.
— Tempo

Bello: Repatriation is mandatory for Filipinos in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon
The mandatory repatriation applies to Filipinos in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
— Eagle News

After 11-years of Delay, DOTr Eyes Completion of Bicol Int’l Airport by 2020
After 11-years of Delay Bicol International Airport Start Operating by June 2020 After 11-years of delay, the Bicol International Airport will be completely constructed and will start operating this June 2020.
— Philippine News

BuCor Chief Bantag, two others acquitted over Parañaque jail explosion
A Paranaque court has acquitted Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag and two others of homicide.
— Eagle News

PCOO Instagram account hacked
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) confirmed on Wednesday, January 8, that its Instagram page ( @pcoogov ) was hacked.
— Rappler

MinDA gears for OFW repatriation
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said it has drawn up livelihood programs for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who may have to come home in the country following the looming conflict between Iran and the United States.
— Philippine News Agency

DENR-12 donates seized lumber to NoCot quake victims
Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 12 Assistant Director Socorro Lanto (center) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) chief Mamutur Cariga (right) pay a courtesy visit Tuesday on North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (left).
— Philippine News Agency

P200K bounty offered in village official’s slay in Surigao
The city government of Surigao on Tuesday offered a PHP200,000 reward for the arrest of persons responsible in the killing of a village councilor.
— Philippine News Agency

1 dead, 2 hurt as fire razes biz area in GenSan
A still unidentified man was killed while two other persons were injured after a huge fire gutted down a lodging house and four other business establishments here on Wednesday morning.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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